Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson battling cancer, band confirm
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, the band have confirmed.
Dickinson, who is 56 years old, has just completed a seven-week course of treatment after a tumour was discovered on his tongue. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The band have issued a statement, which reads as follows: "Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good."
They continue: "Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive."
Iron Maiden currently do not have any tour dates scheduled. They completed an extensive world trek in 2014, which included a headline slot at Sonisphere Festival.
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